The City of Walnut is approximately 8.9 square miles and is home to approximately 30,000 people. It is primarily a residential community with over 600 businesses. The City has a rural charm which is preserved by a well defined general plan.
The City of Walnut is a general law city incorporated on January 19, 1959. It is governed by the city council/city manager form of government. A five-member city council is elected by the residents, and a mayor is elected annually by the council to serve a twelve-month term. A city manager is appointed by the council to oversee the daily activities of the city.
Under the direction of the City Manager, the Administrative Services Department is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative activities of the City. Specifically, the city clerk, human resources, risk management, public information, economic development, and public safety functions all fall under the Administrative Services Department.
Also under the direction of the City Manager, the Community Development Department encompasses building and planning, the Community Services Department oversees parks and recreation as well as public works and engineering, and the Finance Department manages the City’s budget and purchasing.